Former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins safety David Bruton is calling it a career - and it has more to do with health than anything else.
Per the Denver Post, the former safety and special-teams ace is retiring from the NFL because of his health and others’. Since January he has been taking prerequisite courses at the University of Colorado-Denver to be able to apply to physical therapy school.
“A lot went into it. A lot of thought, a lot of communication with my family, talking about it with my friends,” Bruton, 30, told The Denver Post in a recent interview. “At the end of the day it came down to health and being able to still get up and play with the kiddos or take the dog on the run or go do hobbies. I just lost passion to continue playing. I felt like it was the best route for me to hang it up and pursue a different route.”
“I like to consider myself a smart guy. A bit of a nerd,” he said. “So I like to have my brain functioning when I get a little older. That was a big reason.”
Per the Post, Bruton’s final minutes as an NFL player were spent on the ground of FedExField surrounded by trainers after he suffered, by his count, the sixth concussion of his career, in a Redskins win over the Browns last October. Washington placed him on injured reserve and later released him, just seven months after they had signed him to a.
Bruton’s decision to retire was cemented following a December workout with the Baltimore Ravens.
“I didn’t do well, nor did I have the passion to work out and really get back into shape or anything,” he said. “My agents hit me up about a couple other teams for the playoffs who wanted me to come work out and I was just — no.”
Bruton, a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2009, finished his pro career with 141 total tackles (120 solo), two sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.